Chemical cleaned out of derailed tanker in NJ

GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Published:

CLARKSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Officials say a hazardous material has been removed from a tanker car that was ripped open when it derailed in New Jersey last week.

The breach released vinyl chloride into the air and is blamed for dozens of hospital visits and the evacuation of hundreds of homes in Paulsboro.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn said Thursday that the last of the chemical was dissolved into a liquid and pumped out by Wednesday evening. The car also has been rinsed.

The next step is removing the car and other derailed cars still holding the chemical.

A giant crane is being moved in for that operation.

Shinn says residents are still expected to be allowed to return to their homes on Sunday.